Image Source: Macao Giant Panda Pavilion
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Celebrating Lunar New Year with Pandas

Kai Kai and Xin Xin

Residents of Macao Special Administrative Region spent the Lunar New Year celebrations visiting giant pandas. The Macao Giant Panda Pavilion is home to giant pandas Kai Kai, Xin Xin and their twin babies Jian Jian and Kang Kang. It has been well decorated for the Chinese New Year.

The pavilion comprises two 330 square metres indoor activity quarters and a 600 square metres outdoor yard for the inhabitation of the giant pandas and a 900 square metres indoor exhibit area. Two viewing paths of different elevations align along the front edge of the fan-layout indoor activity area, accessible to two streams of visitors. Internal facilities include a logistic centre with panda dens, bamboo-washing and storage quarters, feed preparation room, feed warehouse, control centre and veterinarian clinic.

The outlook of the Macao Giant Panda Pavilion is designed to mimic nature, the yard is enclosed in a rock wall with some built-in panda habitat features. The indoor exhibit area is under a translucent film roof that offers more natural light than electric lighting. The roof of the whole pavilion is fashioned in the shape of a seashell.

The viewing area in the indoor activity quarters features two viewing paths of different elevations accessible to two streams of visitors at a time, adding to the accommodating capacity of the pavilion. The outdoor yard, however, is the result of the all-in-one design concept and most of the trees previously grew here have been retained, allowing the giant pandas to enjoy themselves in an outdoor environment when weather condition permits. Visitors will be able to watch the activities of giant pandas through the toughened glass.

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